Life

“Life is a good teacher and a good friend. Things are always in transition, if we could only realize it. Nothing ever sums itself up in the way that we like to dream about. The off-center, in-between state is an ideal situation, a situation in which we don’t get caught and we can open our hearts and minds beyond limit. It’s a very tender, nonaggressive, open-ended state of affairs.”

When Things Fall Apart: Tibetan Buddhist Nun and Teacher Pema Chödrön on Transformation Through Difficult Times

Your Three Feet of Influence

“We can be the kind of people who lead with their hearts and behave to those around them in an ethical, honest, and kindly manner that creates for those who enter that three feet around us a feeling of peace that also serves to steady the self.”

Your Three Feet of Influence, by Sharon Salzberg.

Choosing Profit

“Having a profitable business doesn’t mean squeezing the lemon for every last bitter drop. It isn’t all or nothing. You can be profitable and generous. Profitable and fair. Profitable and kind. These aren’t opposite ends of some moral spectrum. Quite the contrary.”

Why we choose profit, by Jason Fried

Storm

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
– Haruki Murakami

John Maeda’s 4 Rules

1. Don’t speak ill of others.

2. Avoid passive aggressive behavior.

3. Listen broadly, but don’t waffle on decisions.

4. When in error — admit, apologize, move forward.

– John Maeda

Read some of John Maeda’s explanations on his Four Rules

Elephant

Love All

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
– William Shakespeare

As Soon As I Saw You….

“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen!”
– Winnie The Pooh

Phones

“We are addicted to our phones not because we rely on them, but to the extent that we recruit them to a harmful project of self-avoidance. They do not mean to hurt us. But we may – and probably do – use them to injure ourselves. Addiction sounds horrible. But it is a hard name for a normal inclination: a habit of running away from the joys and terrors of self-knowledge.”

How to Live More Wisely Around Our Phones

Enough

“The longest lived businesses in the world aren’t the ones that were biggest in their day. Many of them are family firms, or small to mid-sized enterprises content with steady evolvement of their niche. Content with enough.”

Enough by DHH

The Habit Of Reading

“To acquire the habit of reading is to create for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life.”
– W. Somerset Maugham

(Available as a print, here.)

circumstances

where
you are.
is not
who
you are.
– circumstances

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Nobody Owns Me

This Article

“I don’t know how to explain to someone why they should care about other people.”

I just kept nodding my head in agreement while reading this article by Kayla Chadwick.

Discipline

“The discipline involved in finishing a piece of creative work is something on which you can truly pride yourself.”
– J.K. Rowling

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Kind Words

“One kind word can warm three winter months.”
– Japanese Proverb

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Creative

“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert

Quality

“Quality will forever be in style.”
—Joel Flory

(via Emerline)

Options

Smile baby.
You’re alive.
You’ve got options.
– Sonya Teclai

What 99% looks like

“Shun the non-believers and ship your work.”
– Seth Godin

What 99% looks like

A Good Photograph…

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”
– Ansel Adams

More quotes on Photography

Art of Government

“The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.”
– Thomas Jefferson, 1774

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Wherever You Are

“Wherever you are, make sure you’re there.” 
— Dan Sullivan

Generosity

“Generosity takes effort.”

Read Seth Godin’s full post on The Right Effort of Generosity